Like every right thinking member of society, Jarred Christmas wants to be a hero. Of course, he does mean a stereotypical hero, that has a chiselled chin, a rock solid chest and perhaps most importantly, a big cape. In his conveniently titled “Hero Show” Jarred explains why he deserves the accoloade of hero, from his experience of rescuing wet dogs, to doing battle with a hooked man on a touch rugby pitch, Jarred lements about his failed attempts, as well as whether a hero is someone who defeats bad and protects the innocent, or just someone who stands up for what they believe in, even if what they believe in taking a child to buy a light sabre.
Following Jarred’s impressive debut “Geek Show” last year, it was natural that high hopes were to be expected from the Kiwi comedian this year, and in terms of performance, you couldn’t fault the show, with Jarred throwing everything into getting laughs out of the slightest slip or comment from the audience. It’s a shame that this show, unlike previuos efforts, takes a while to find its feet. That said, like a true professional, Jarred leaves the big laughs until last, and his lip synced musical finale could be one of the funniest five minutes in the Fringe this year. An enjoyable hour long show from an incredibly energetic and promising comedian.
Jarred Christmas – The Hero Show is on at the Pleasance Courtyard at 7.10pm